Tyler police have asked area citizens to be on the alert for callers posing as Tyler police.

In a press release sent Monday June 26, police said the Better Business Bureau reported citizens received calls requesting donations.

Police want citizens to be aware that will never solicit funds over the phone.

“If you get one of these calls, do not donate money,” Officer Don Martin said. “Just hang up.”

Martin called the scams common and said these callers usually identify themselves as being associated with police, firefighters or the military but give little information about their organization.

He said the scammer will ask for credit card information.

"If you've done the improper thing and gave them your whole credit card number and authorization code on the back, then a good scammer is going to get that and clone your card,” said Martin. “[They will] sell it to someone else and now they're charging on it."

You can verify the authenticity of a fundraising effort by requesting written information about the company, asking how your money will be used or researching the company.